Person killed in crash with stolen vehicle; 16-year-old boy arrested
Driver dead after being hit by teen in stolen car
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 34-year-old man died Tuesday morning after the teenage driver of a stolen vehicle crashed into them while fleeing from police.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the man killed as 34-year-old Julio Cervantes Ramirez.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday night announced the arrest of a 16-year-old boy on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement in a vehicle resulting in death, and auto theft. The county prosecutor will decide whether to file formal charges.
The boy’s name and his jail-booking photo were not publicly shared because is a juvenile.
IMPD Lt. Shane Foley, with the department’s public affairs office, said in a Tuesday night email to news media that “an arrest for resisting law enforcement in a vehicle does not mean officers pursued him.”
IMPD says that officers around 8:10 a.m. Tuesday took a stolen-vehicle report in the 7300 block of Camby Crossing Circle. That block is in the Camby Crossing Apartments near Kentucky Avenue and Mooresville Road.
Later, investigators found the stolen vehicle, a Kia Sedona, driven by the teenage boy near the intersection of Mann and Southport roads. Officers tried to stop the teen, but he didn’t stop and fled the scene south on Mann Road.
Police say officers didn’t pursue the vehicle, but soon found it crashed in the 7900 block of Mann Road.
While fleeing, the teen hit another vehicle, and the driver of the other car died at the scene.
The teen was taken in for a blood draw, as is standard procedure in Indiana when there is a fatal crash.
IMPD says the 7900 block of Mann Road is expected to be closed for several hours while investigators are on the scene.
Doug Rushton, a staff member at the Winding River Golf Course adjacent to the crash site, said, “It’s a dangerous intersection here. People come flying around and going too fast through here, and so I’ve been here going on my eighth year and probably had about three or four accidents. The neighbor loses his fence over there quite a few times.”
Rushton says he was working when he heard the two cars collide.
“Just heard a loud noise, and it happened to be right next to the window, looked out and saw the van we have there. It was coming down and hit the other car. They were both spinning. Smoke was flying, and actually, the motor that was sitting out on the grass there was on fire,” Rushton said.
News 8’s Gregg Montgomery contributed to this report.